"Playing at home is important, but not decisive. I hope the new manager to give Panathinaikos an attacking style, Olympiakos is very strong at its sides. A goalkeeper can't win a game alone, although Steele and Roberto are very good players. Olympiakos always had excellent footballers, Ilia Ivic was the most difficult for me, but we also had the great Krzysztof Warzycha", stated Josef Wandzik.
Giannis Kalintzakis remembered the notorious penalty decision against him by referee Papoutselis at the away derby of 1996, but advised Panathinaikos players to ignore any bad decisions and stay focused on their game. He also stated that fans' presence will give Panathinaikos an extra advantage and his players have to be serious and passionate in order to win, though Olympiakos seems a better organized team at this time.